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The Palouse – Through Their Eyes

Time for another in the “Through Their Eyes” series.  This one is from the wonderful and lush Palouse.  This year, I co-led an early spring workshop with my friend Rad Drew and then led my own after that.  I’ve combined both groups in this post.

I have already filled my 2018 Palouse workshop, however, Rad and I have agreed to co-lead another next year the week after mine! We have room and would love to have you along!  You can find the details, and, sign up by clicking this link on Rad’s site.

Remember to click on the images to make them bigger and on the links to see more of their work!

 


 

Jamie C. – It’s of special significance to me because it is an iconic image of American farmland I was hoping to capture when I signed up for the workshop.  But more importantly, it was how I got the shot that is the real story.  John and Steve took us to the farm location for a late afternoon shoot but clouds filled the sky and the image would have been flat.  Then it started to rain — and we dashed out of there before we got stuck in the mud.  But on the drive back to town the skies cleared and thanks to a last minute decision by John and Steve we went back to the farm location and was able to get this wonderful shot.

Jo J. – Because who doesn’t like a halo over a church?

Linda A. – “The image is from a classic spot — Steptoe Butte — but giving it a bit of an abstract treatment emphasizes the curves, shadows and colors of the scene. The elements that remain convey the essence of that beautiful landscape.”

Jamie C.  – I love this image because it combines the rolling beauty of the Palouse wheat fields, with a few artist touches inspired by my fabulous week in the workshop.  

Roxanne S.  (@Tuesdaywoman on Instagram) – It’s the quintessential Palouse shot, I suppose, and even though there are so many shots of the rolling hills of the Palouse, this one makes me smile because it’s mine. It has the lush green rolling hills and a lone tree and for me at least, that lone tree feels like a true subject with personality. That tree’s got Chutzpah standing all by itself in a sea of rolling hills. 😉

Sue M. –   I love wild flowers and this image captures the beauty of the Lupines with the beauty of the Palouse in the background.  To me it captured some of the essence of what is the Palouse.

Marlene M. – Although the iconic landscape shots were what sparked my interest in visiting the Palouse, it is this image to which I keep being drawn. For me, it conveys a sense of lonesomeness, of yearning.

 

Joe P. – I like this photo because of extreme contrasting colors and light.

 

Penny C. –  I love that only the tops of the crests and ridges are aglow; as the sun was sinking lower, this lighting was brief and lovely.

Melony P.R. – This was my second trip to the beautiful Palouse. The beauty here rivals my favorite place on Earth, Hawai’i.   Yes, the landscape takes your breath away, as does the abandoned houses and old barns, cars and trucks that have been in families for generations. But in addition to all of these items that I love to photograph, the ones that capture my heart are the fabulous people that are lucky enough to call the Palouse their home. I find it difficult to photograph people, but on occasion, I get a photo that I like. I got two photos of Palouse icons this trip and years from now when I recall these images, my heart will smile.

Linda C. – I like this image because it shows the wonderfully, sensuous rolling hills which are trademark Palouse.

Shirley W. –  I absolutely loved the grand vistas revealed around every curve of the dirt roads winding through the Palouse.  But having grown up on a dairy farm, seeing the decay and demise of so many family farms made me a bit sad.  This photo, with the lilies still growing as the house falls to ruins and the tattered drapes flap above them, spoke to me of hope.

Lois M. –  I chose this one because it is what I had in my mind’s eye before the photo trip. Rolling hills, light and shadow, beautiful color. And I had fun adding my own touches to it.

Andrea P. –   I call this, “Curves”.  It’s special to me because the first pictuees of the Palouse I ever saw were of undulating hills and beautiful contrasting colors.  That’s what I wanted to see (and I did!!).  This image is, for me, the Palouse!

Dorothy B. – It is from our morning at Steptoe and I love the light on the hills, and of course the crop duster flying through.

Terry R. – Hard to pick one, but this one I did pick because it is distilled to the simplicity of the light on the land and the amazing sky – the essence of the Palouse.

Susan R. – (@image_sir on Instagram) I like it because it reminds me of what the Palouse is…barns, rolling hills of wheat, Canola fields and beautiful scenery.

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The Smoky Mountains Through Their Eyes

Yet another installment of “Through Their Eyes.” This time, from The Great Smoky Mountains!

Patricia –  My favorite is the mountains because I was hoping to capture the iconic shot with the rolling hills and a colorful sky.

 

Terry – After the rain, the soothing sound of water rushing over the rocks.

Cam – April Morning:  I chose this photo because it depicts the quietude and simplicity of a spring morning in Cade’s Cove.  This restored farmhouse reminds us that people lived and farmed this land long before it became part of  one of the most visited national parks in the U.S.  The spring greens are offset by the white of the house and the flowering dogwood, with traces of red throughout.

Norma – I love the greens and the moss on the rocks.  I find I very calming and peaceful.

Robin – I chose it because the amount and variety of greens in the landscape were unbelievable.  Just incredible.

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Charleston Through Their Eyes

I am excited and pleased to present participant images from my Charleston Low Country Workshop. Remember to click on their links to see more of their work!  Here is Charleston (Low Country) Through Their Eyes.

Megg M.

“I Loved this particular spot for it’s serenity, and, it represented what I had always thought of as what “the South” was like.  The trees of South Carolina captured my heart!”

Janice C.

“The city of Charleston is built on layers of contradictory growth – the fringed wagons, pulled by Percherons, carrying visitors with their ever-present iphones; the gentility of a patina-d iron gate reflected in the luster of a black jaguar;  the moss-draped plots of the Magnolia Cemetery where, if you turn just right, you can see the stunning ultra-modern wires of the Ravenel Bridge…Here are more layers, found in the sunrise at Folly Beach.  Somehow, it all works.” 

Louise S.

“Egret mating ritual in the Magnolia Gardens in Charleston.  What fantastic opportunities to view beautiful birds and alligators, to look with awe at ancient trees, and to sample the joys of Southern cooking and Southern hospitality.  Charleston is a city not to be missed!”

Terry S.

“Azaleas may be the best known plant of the Low Country, but I am fascinated by the persistence of Spanish moss.  It’s understated grace thrives in places azaleas wouldn’t.”

Joyce O.

“Loved this iconic view of the Oak Alley at Tomotley Plantation. I wanted something in the foreground, but since there was nothing I decided to get very low and use the grass as an anchor. Originally visioned this as a B&W (which is very much out of my box), but decided I liked the beautiful color version better. Which do you prefer? Taken with my Fuji X-T1, 55-200 lens at f20”

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Image by Joyce

Scott O.

“This is one of the supports of the Ravenel Bridge. Most interesting, especially considering the wind at the top was probably 40+ mph! Couldn’t use tripods, and balance looking up was difficult. I lamented the lack of clouds, but seeing the final result believe blank blue was much better. Was a fun as well as challenging location. Fuji X-T2, 18-55 lens @ f9, 1/500 sec.”

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Carrie T.

“It’s difficult to pick one favorite image from a place like Charleston that has so many creative photo opportunities  In the end, I chose an image that highlights the symmetry of reflections and the diversity of color and texture.”

 

Carolyn Beauchamp

“I fell in love with the Spanish Moss that was everywhere in Charleston.  I loved the way the sun would shine through the moss, as it waved gently in the breeze.  John asked me why I chose this view, of the arch of tree limbs, at Tomotley Plantation.  I loved the way the large branches on the right and the left framed the low arched branches below.  Also, the way the sunshine lit up the leaves on that first arched branch, and made the Spanish Moss glow, made me move over a bit to the right to take this shot.”

Ed D.

Tomotley Plantation was my favorite spot because the arching branches of the Oak trees lining the entrance road, with their Spanish Moss swaying in the gentle breeze, made for a very inviting and relaxing environment.  It was a shame we couldn’t strategically place a model deep within the arches for some human interest and focal point.
 
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Palouse Through Their Eyes

I’m excited to present another installment of “Through Their Eyes.” This time from the Palouse!  If you would like to join me next June in the Palouse, I am taking deposits now. Check out my WORKSHOP page!  

Anna Jo –

My favorite image from the Palouse happens to be the first image I shot. It was difficult to choose just one image as my favorite because they are all my favorites.
John and Dan went above and beyond to find us the perfect locales to shoot which made this experience one I will treasure forever.
 
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Carol – To me, this blur captures the essence of my Palouse experience… dreamlike visions of soft patterns.  What I love about the this area is how the light plays on the rolling hills, emphasizing sensuous curves in the landscape and creating varied shades of green.  Driving in the Palouse landscape was a delight for the senses that made me smile and my heart sing.  This was my first trip to the Palouse… thank you John and Dan for a terrific time!
 
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Ann 

Far out to the horizon supported by sensuous green

A distant tree shrouded farmhouse can be barely seen

Haze or blue or cloudy…shadows on the land

Sunlight playing dodge ball beyond where I stand

Clouds of dust fill the air as the truck goes by

Covering my camera I look up to the sky

I see the mythic vision of mystery and light

Photographing the Palouse requires my mystic sight

I review my images…they speak not of that time

Emotions seem to be missing

Prompting my writing this rhyme

Where did the feelings travel?

Did they come back with me?

Hiding within my heart space,

Begging me to see?

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Carla – The trip to the Palouse was one of my VERY favorites of the John Barclay/Dan Sniffin photo tours I have had the privilege to be part of. The task of choosing an image was very difficult because there were so many stunning scenes. I selected this one to show the colors, shapes and patterns that make this area a photographer’s paradise.

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Judy  – The Palouse was such a visual treat to photograph.  I took this as we were leaving Colfax the last day. Many of my images include a windmill and this one was perfectly placed on the canola field just coming into bloom.

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Midge – We travel to one of the most unique areas of the US to photograph and my most favorite image from the trip has nothing to do with the landscape.  Go figure.  But I’ll bet no one else submits an image like mine.  I was in heaven when we stopped at Dave’s Old Truck Rescue in Sprague.  I LOVE old stuff. 

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Beth –  I had a few favorites but settled on this one because I was drawn to this row of trees; every time we drove by them, I wanted to stop but couldn’t so I shot this from the car.

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Danielle – At twilight on Steptoe Butte, admiring the local farmer’s artistic crop design.  I loved the sinewy line leading to the lone tree and the velvety texture of the fields.

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Greg – With hundreds of great images of the rolling hills, old cars, old towns, trains, grain bins and more, the Palouse is just so darn target rich for a place with nothing in it!  Though simple, I’ve liked the story this image tells and it’s composition since I first saw it, and one reason it’s a favorite is that I framed it this way in camera – there is absolutely no cropping here.

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The Hideout Ranch Through Their Eyes

Time for another installment of “Through their eyes.”  This time The Hideout Ranch through their eyes.  The following images are from those who attended this tour. I think you’ll agree, there is some amazing work here! Remember to click the link on their name to see more of their work on their website.

 I can’t wait to do this tour again in January of 2018! If you are interested, let me know via email, and I’ll add you to the growing list.

Robin Harrison –   Lots and Lots of favorites, but I picked this one because it was a little bit different (for me at least).  I liked this image because it represents the toughness and grit of the people of the west who work the cattle, sheep and other livestock.

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Paul Lebby – It feels good to break the rules and this picture demonstrates how it can pay off.  Over 40 years ago I was told, more than once, “Don’t take photographs looking directly into the sun, keep the sun to your back.”  Well, this picture was taken with the camera facing into the setting sun, with the cowboy placed in front of the bright sun for effect.  Exposure was difficult, the bright light bled and distorted the image around the cowboy, and there was little data in the brightest areas (not blown out but close).  But, what a great effect it created, and I love the mood of the moment that was captured in the picture.  The cold air with the moisture from the horse’s nostrils, the setting sun, and the meeting of two cowboys on horseback.  I wonder what they were thinking about or contemplating during their brief encounter, the respect they shared for the brotherhood of horsemen, the contentment that comes from a day well lived, and the satisfaction that they get to repeat it tomorrow.

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Pamela Steege –  This is a shot that I composed with a Panorama and a cowgirl in mind.  This is so unusual because it is of a cowgirl in a beautiful serape driving the herd, it is very rare to find a herd shot where the cattle are lined  up in a row. They usually are bunched up. I love the softness of the Southwest colors, it has a very feminine feel to it.

I see this printed up on watercolor paper, it is in my Cowgirl Gallery/ Best of the West on my website.
 
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Dan Sniffin –  One of my favorite images from the Hideout Ranch was of Irv.  After many areas of “setup shots” with Irv I finally found him standing on a hill looking very relaxed and natural.  He thought so, too, and asked me to send him a copy of it.
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Lola Biuckians – This picture is one of several favorites because it seems to be alive with life and a sense of mutual confidence between horse and rider. Within that unity is a sense of joy and freedom.LolaDan

Janice Hughes – I have so many favorites but I’m going to stick with this one.  One of the reasons I love it so much because of the moment in time that it captured.  These beautiful horses were approaching us in such a non-threatening manner that I didn’t even think about putting my camera down.  It was a special moment in time for me.

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Janice Chipman – I liked the contrasts in this photo, especially between the similar colors, but completely different textures, of the horse and the rock behind it.  It also speaks to me on an emotional level, symbolizing the great respect between the animals and their handlers at The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch – and how those deep bonds were demonstrated again and again.

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Trish Crowell – (Trish could not make up her mind and asked me to pick one. I decided to include both!) The one with the scenery and two horses shows the fabulous scenery and just how peaceful it really was. The one with all the horses running reminds me of the sound I heard while the horses where running towards me.  It sounded like thunder.  So thrilling!!

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An apology to the participants of this tour. I thought I had scheduled this post to be published and then forgot about it!  Obviously I did not schedule it.  My apologies!

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Molokai Through Their Eyes

It is time for another “through their eyes” post. This time from beautiful Molokai Hawaii. There is something special about Molokai as you’ll see from the wonderful images presented by some of those who attended the workshop. Remember to click the highlighted link to see more of the photographers work.

Aubrey Yee

Molokai waves at sunset, standing witness to the universe, painting with ocean…

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Louise Shoemaker

Finally—Connection!  I danced around this gecko, advancing to get a close shot, watching as he scurried away, then re-emerged because he was as curious as I.  Finally he came to the edge of the leaf and stopped long enough to give me a long, quiet look.  The other photos were ok, but THIS one tells the story of that moment of magical connection.

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Carla Francis

“Of all the beautiful places we saw during our workshop on Molokai, the Sea Cliffs had the greatest impact on me. The cliffs lit up by early light and the powerful waves filled me with awe and thankfulness for the privilege of being there. I named this image The Power and the Majesty.”

 
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“I believe this is my favorite image from our “See the Light” workshop because it speaks to me of the peace and beauty of the people of Molokai. I saw this image right in front of me, looking into the sun and I knew I had to grab one shot before the moment and light was lost. It reminds me to act when I see the moment and to never be afraid to shoot into the sun. Amazing things can happen!”
 
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This image makes me smile thinking how happy these girls were, especially the youngest one. After I told them we are done shooting and that they can now do whatever they want, she immediately climbed the tree! After the mesmerizing performance of hula, the youngest dancer showing her mischievous side, because at the end of the day, kids still will be kids.
 
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I live on the Pacific ocean but never have I seen waves like those in Hawaii. Power, uniqueness & beauty- priceless joy.
 
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Janice Chipman 
Hawaii is, technically, just a group of rocks surrounded by water.  What makes it so special – aside from the weather – is the color;  the greens and blues of the backgrounds;  the soft yellows and whites of the Plumeria;  and the sun-touched browns of its people.  When shooting at a beach in the Halawa Valley, I had a chance to reduce all the best of Hawaii to its basic elements – some rocks, a little water and a touch of color.  Thanks, John Barclay, for the tour.  Thanks, Jonathan Kingston, for lending me your neutral density filter!
 
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“There is no doubt that the cliffs above Kalaupapa are the reason you come to this area to photograph. Though I loved most of the images of the cliffs themselves, by turning around away from the cliffs, I was struck by the stunning beauty of a Hawaiian sunset that I otherwise might have missed !!!”
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Terry Schroeder
The Sea Cliffs on Molokai are a feast for the eye and a place to return to again and again. It’s different every time and invites a deliberate photographic process.  Be still and let the images come to you.
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The Palouse Through Their Eyes

I am pleased to present another installment in my “through their eyes” series.  This time a group of images from our participants on our recent Palouse Harvest tour. Harvest came very early this year, but, this group brought their good time with them and made some wonderful images.  Remember to click on the hot link to see more of each participants work.

 

Ginny Brown

“Steptoe Sunrise – It was the last day of the workshop, and we went to Steptoe for a final sunrise shoot.  I really wanted a shot of the “morning tree,” which is a lone tree beautifully illuminated by the sunrise under optimal circumstances, but that wasn’t going to happen that day.  Too much haze, not enough separation between the tree and the background, farm equipment in the way, etc.  So, in spite of taking probably 20 shots, I wasn’t happy and started looking around.  I found this beautiful scene with its curves and patterns, but it was only when I got home and processed the image that I saw what I actually had.  The moral:  be open to all possibilities, let go of preconceived ideas, and trust your vision.”

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Albert Bronson

“Whenever I am photographing with a group, I try to look beyond the subject we came to photograph—in this case, the grand landscape—and find the details that are often overlooked within the landscape. On the recent Palouse Harvest tour, I found a case of empty soda bottles that had become home to a spider. A floating seed had settled into the web. The juxtaposition of the natural and manmade caught my eye. The deep green glass of the bottles presented a pleasing contrast with the cobwebs and seed nested among them.”

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Kris Morgan

“The Palouse is filled with wondrous variety…from patterns created by the rolling hills and fields of wheat, weathered barns, buildings, and beautiful skies, old cars and trucks, sunflowers, silos, and wind turbines,  to wonderful surprises like the old wheel fence at Dahmen Farm. The challenge, especially with repeat visits, is to capture these treasures, the sense of place, the visual design in unique, creative ways that go “beyond the handshake”. It is this challenge that makes the Palouse a favorite and the nurturing and encouragement that comes with traveling with John, Dan, and friends enriches the experience making it special.”

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Rona Schwarz – Steptoe Blur

“It is probably my favorite or one of my favorites of about two dozen that I did.  One of the reasons it is a favorite is that I love to create blurs for me it captures the essence of the rolling hills and the harvest colors as well as the majesty of the region.”

 

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Joe Bumgardner

“I am drawn to this particular image because of its simplicity. It is illuminated with complimentary lighting. The composition contains pleasing elements of design including contrasting curves, lines, pattern, texture, color, and shape; it also contains my favorite subject matter ‘nature’!”

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2015 Palouse Images captured by Joe R. Bumgardner, M.D.

Nancy Fezell

“From the first time I saw the Palouse, I was captivated by the patterns on the land –  made by nature and by man. I loved the gentle, undulating hills, the colors and shades of the crops in different seasons, and the stripes and circles left on the land after the harvest. Together, nature and man have created a unique landscape.”

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Wendy Hannum

“The essence of the Palouse to me during the wheat harvest is the actual harvesting.  The combines themselves add substance to a static landscape.   I loved the signature patterns they cut into the fields.  It is as much art as function.”

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Debbie Winchester 

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Beamie Young 

“My favorite is Auntie Em’s house. I love the shadows, and the tracks in the wheat make it look like someone had to make a quick exit. That gets my imagination going…”

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Jeff Levine

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